4.5
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What We Love

  • The vibe manages to be sophisticated without being stuffy
  • Cooking course with Michelin one-star chef Gilles Charpy of Montagu restaurant
  • Some cottages and apartments put you right on the fairway
  • Hydrangeas and rhododendrons bloom on the golf course
  • The Stable Bar, which has walls that once separated horses' stalls

What To Know

  • Not all rooms have the romantic castle view
  • Comfort Club Rooms have no air conditioning
  • The nearest serious shopping is about 22 miles away
  • For nightlife, you will have to drive to nearby towns
  • The pools are very small; Atlantic beaches are half an hour away

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

One glimpse of the on-site castle tells guests that a stay at Domaine de la Bretesche will be out of the ordinary. It’s the property’s block of ivy-covered outbuildings — once the working heart of the castle for blacksmiths and cooks — that houses the hotel rooms.

Visitors often expect rooms to be formal and staid, but inside, riotous reds and rich mole and gold enliven the original stone and wood. With a background in haute couture, hotel stylist Marina Bessé brought a daring sense of color to the property’s 32 individually styled rooms. Designer fabrics, leathers and stone contribute to a high-end ambience.

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While 15th-century visitors to the chateau rode through the nearby woods hunting for quail and hare, current guests are more likely to be looking for a little white ball that went astray. An 18-hole course challenges golfers’ concentration in what has been called the “most beautiful golf course in France, and maybe in the world” (per Golf Courses of the World).

Being a non-golfer, I was content to gaze at the weeping willows on a stroll through parts of the 500-acre property. Others borrow bicycles to explore, make use of the tennis courts or swim in the indoor or outdoor pool. After active pursuits (or perhaps instead of them), schedule a treatment at the Spa Cour Caré, where soft music and natural stone surroundings combine with a medley of herbal aromas to create a relaxing vibe.

Unless you plan to spend all of your time playing golf and eating on-site, a car is highly recommended. To experience more of the area, friendly staff members will help you plot out a drive to sights along the aptly named Côte d’Amour. From the domain of the romantic castle to the Coast of Love, Domaine de La Bretesche makes for a peaceful, rejuvenating getaway.

How to Get There

Hotel & Spa de la Bretesche
Domaine de la Bretesche
Missillac, 44780 France

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 606 Reviews
Disappointed!
Reviewed 3 months ago

We stayed at this hotel three weeks ago and it was wonderful: beautiful location, friendly and professional staff, good food and a very comfortable room.

We stayed again last night en route home to western Brittany. We had been traveling for hours and were exhausted. On arrival, the staff were friendly and welcoming. One of them showed us to our room on the first floor. We had to walk through a mass of people with camera equipment who seemed to be camped outside OUR bedroom door! The room was comfortable enough. The receptionist explained that there would be a TV production company making a programme and we should try to keep quiet!

We stayed in our room for about twenty minutes before we had had enough! The noise was incredible, with people chatting and shouting, banging and clattering. There was no way we could relax, never mind sleep!

We wearily fought our way through the TV people (who were reluctant to ‘allow’ us to pass) and went back to Reception to complain. The staff were very good and willingly changed our room. We then spent fifteen minutes waiting for the filming to stop until we were permitted back to our original room to pack up our belongings.

Sadly, this tainted our experience, when all we wanted to do was relax in a room for which we had paid a decent amount of money. We are unlikely to return to this hotel. Why would you put paying guests right in the middle of a film production?!

A Restaurant to Remember
Reviewed 3 months ago

The Montaigu restaurant at the hotel is exceptional. It is at that level of excellence that produces an involuntary smile on your face as each course is presented. The sommelier is outstanding and very helpful as the wine list is extensive. The Loire wines alone covered several pages. The pre-dinner drinks in the converted stables and the first of the amuse bouche dishes set the evening up beautifully and just got better. Faultless and well worth the fairly expensive experience.

Chateau experience
Reviewed 4 months ago

Loved this first class hotel. Beautiful setting, chateau/fort, lake, grounds. Excellent meal in bistro, not expensive. The gastronomic restaurant was full. At bistro
could get the wine selection by the glass at equivalent bottle pricing. We were in a suite as booked very late and it was superb. Big bed with comfy pillows.
Had a lovely walk round lake and a swim in outdoor and indoor pool. Also had infra-red sauna, less hot but more effective.

Classic French sophistication
Reviewed 5 months ago

Wonderful weekend spent here. Stayed in deluxe cottage over the hotel. Thought it a bit strange the two are treated very separately but it didn't stop us trying out all the facilities. Wonder Brasserie, Spa, Outside pool, Hotel bar in stables was very quirky and great views and walks! I'm not a golfer so can't comment on the course but it looked very popular!

Beautiful property, quiet and relaxing
Reviewed 6 months ago

I stayed here recently for several days as part of a group. We had a wonderful time at the hotel and I have already recommended it to friends. The rooms were beautiful and nicely decorated - classic furniture, with modern bathrooms. The lovely outdoor pool was a real highlight, and was the perfect temperature. We ate at the Montaigu (their upper-level restaurant) and it was very reasonably priced for the quality of food and wine we enjoyed. The bistro was a good choice for lunch, and the breakfast was plentiful and high-quality. If you have a car, there are many wonderful options within reasonable driving distance also, for both dining and sight-seeing. If you'd rather stay put, the hotel is a nice place to stay and relax, take a walk, walk into Missillac (an easy ten minutes) and with a mostly-adult clientele, it is wonderfully quiet.

Service from the staff really made this property stand out, from the front desk to the restaurant. I would like especially to thank Laurent and Florence for going above and beyond to help some of our guests during our stay and provide warm, friendly service.

The region in general was full of great food, wine, and friendly people and the hotel would be a nice base for exploring it. I am already trying to figure out how to return to this area and will certainly stay a few days here when I do. Merci beaucoup!